City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 to 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 to 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 
Find closure date information


Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

•  See the Summer 2018 Story Time schedules at the City Centre branch 

•  See the Summer 2018 Story Time schedules at the Poirier branch 

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2018 Summer Reading Clubs

family reading outdoorsThe Library hosts four summer reading clubs. Find out more. Register today!


Stories Galore!

This summer, follow our story tellers to Stories Galore! Stories, puppets, crafts and lots of fun! Runs July 3 - August 9.

Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Princeton Park
1398 Marguerite Street

Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Blue Mountain Park
975 King Albert Avenue

Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Mountain View Park
751 Smith Avenue

Introducing Burke Mountain Fire Hall Story Time

Join us Fridays, July 6 to December 14 for our newest story time along with our regular Friday Library Link visit to Burke Mountain Fire Hall. Story times will be from 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Club Diginista: Sphero

sphero ballCity Centre Branch • Computer Lab
Saturdays, May 12–June 30
3:00–4:00 pm

Instructors Rana Al-Sammarraie and Colleen Penrowley will teach girls aged 10 to 12 how to program Sphero robots.
To register, please contact librarian Chris Miller at 604-554-7339 or cmiller@coqlibrary.ca with the name, age, phone number and email address of the registrant.

This program is a partnership with Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities.

Sphero Robots for Kids and Parents

Program is now full

City Centre Branch, Room 136
1169 Pinetree Way
Thursdays, July 12 and 19, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

For children from grades 4 to 7 and a parent

In this two-workshop program, learn tips and tricks for driving and programming a Sphero robot, then work together to solve puzzles, including piloting your robot through an obstacle course. Each parent-child pair should bring a compatible phone or tablet computer.

Movie Screening: Black Panther

City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 and
Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room
1169 Pinetree Way
Friday, August 17, 1:30 - 3:45 pm

Toppled by an outsider, the king of a technologically advanced but secretive African nation fights to regain his throne. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film features Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira. Marvel Studios, 135 min., Rated: PG

No registration required - just drop in. 

Live History: Mystery Building Workshop 

Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room
575 Poirier Street
Thursday, August 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

For ages 10 - 13

Sign up for mysteries that are hands-on, interactive, and wildly fun! Fans of mystery novels, shows and theatre will love this workshop where they’ll learn to build a mystery while engaging with local history in a way they have never seen before. Build a mystery to stump friends and family, or learn how to become a sleuth during your favourite mystery programs!

Register onlineParents of children 10 years old, must stay in the library during the program.

End of Summer Carnival

City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Tuesday, August 28, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Come for carnival-style games! Win small prizes. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome.

Drop in. No registration required. For more information, contact librarian Chris Miller at cmiller@coqlibrary.ca or 604-554-7339.

2018 Summer Camps

Organized by the City of Coquitlam, Parks, Recreation and Culture - check the Summer Camp schedule and register.

Organized by SFU Summer Camps. Find more information and register.

Summer Day Camps organized by School District 43 Community Schools. For more information.

Parent-Child Cantonese Mother Goose

MotherGooselogoforweb City Centre Branch, Room 127
1169 Pinetree Way
Session 2: Mondays, June 4 - July 16, 10:00 - 11:30 am


This program is in Cantonese. Parents and children four years old and under are invited to share in the fun of learning nursery rhymes, songs and stories in Cantonese and English.

Parents are helped to gain the skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns through connecting sound, rhythm, and meaning of language.

For more information, or to register, please phone 604-468-6002. Priority will be given to people who are registering for the Mother Goose program for the first time.

Sponsored by Coquitlam Public Library and SUCCESS.

Program & Events Guide - Summer 2018

Check out the Library's new program and events guide for the Summer 2018 season. It's jammed packed with fun and educational activities for all ages.

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Click here for a printable PDF version. Copies also available at your local branch.

Or to get program information delivered directly to your email, sign up for CPL eNews and eNews Jr.

Play & Learn at Coquitlam Centre

Play & Learn at Coquitlam CentreJoin us at Coquitlam Centre mall for Play & Learn story times, songs and crafts! Location: the lower level in front of the Bay Time: the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


All Aboard for Kindergarten

All Aboard for Kindergarten booksA checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories. Some books will be for fun, some will help you start a discussion, and all will help your child learn to love reading!
Click here for your copy and hop on board the reading train!


Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.

  • Computer Buddies
  • Teenaged tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills. The program uses the Computer Lab at the City Centre Branch..
  • Parlez-Nous Francais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Coquitlam Public Library Visits Daycares and Preschools

    Storytime1We will visit your daycare or preschool facility and provide a half hour, literacy-based story time using age-appropriate materials. We can tailor our story time to the theme of your choice.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to visit facilities based in private homes.


    Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library

    Family ReadingEarly literacy workshops for parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds.


    TumblerTry Tumblebooks for kids. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and nonfiction books for preschoolers.

    To access from home, click the link above. Beside 'Tumblebooks' click 'Login required' to log in with your library barcode (no spaces) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) then click the 'Tumblebooks' link.

    biblioEnfants_4Essayez BiblioEnfants pour les enfants d'âge préscolaire.
    Ici vous trouverez des livres numériques, des vidéos, des casse-têtes, et des jeux.

    Tri-Cities Community Resource Map

    community services familyThe Tri-Cities community resource map for families is now available in English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Organizations include libraries, health services, family drop-in programs, food banks, and ELSA providers.

    The map also lists phone numbers for many community services including parent support, English language practice and literacy help, as well as local parks and recreation centres.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)